Reflecting on weeds and life

I didn’t make the time last week to write some thoughts on the quote (or indeed anything else). Last week’s quote spoke to me because by the nature of our grasping minds we often focus on things that we ‘want’, and life can feel hard if we are unable to match our desires within our (relative) reality. And yet, as Walsch’s quote highlights, life – whatever we take that to mean (karma? destiny? accident? design?) – does seem to work! We might think we need X to be happy, but in fact another set of circumstances, probably some we’d never invisaged let alone asked for, might make us even happier still … even if only momentarily.

I’m sure everyone has examples of this in their lives. One that I can think of immediately is my desire to attend a particular course on healing run by a person who was highly recommended by trusted friends; but he wasn’t running that course last year. So instead I paid a deposit for another course with him, using the rationalisation that it was perhaps the course I was ‘meant’ to do instead. Guess what happened? Yes, life got in the way and every single weekend he was offering those courses something big came up – a wedding, a lifelong friend’s hen party, a christening, a family member’s hospital stay – the kinds of things I personally felt I could not say ‘no’ to. And so the deposit languished, or so I thought.

Earlier this year I received an email from this person, a round robin not one directed to me although it felt as though it was, outlining his courses for spring. The very course I’d wanted to do over a year ago was being offered again, but this time it was a two-day in-depth version rather than the ‘old’ one day version he’d previously offered. This to me is an example of the very thing Walsch is talking about. Sometimes we have to get out of the way of our desires, but pay attention rather than trying to control the outcomes, and just see what comes up.  

I think this point is the link to ‘weeds’ and meditation also. Lama Yeshe has spoken of the need for regular meditation, using the weeds metaphor. That is, without regular attention (weeding) we end up cultivating weeds in our minds, just the same way as what happens in our gardens or fields. Our minds are like gardens that need to be weeded and nurtured. But he wasn’t speaking about ‘getting rid’ of the weeds, but rather having an awareness of what is there (growing?) in our minds. Weeds are not then the enemy, but rather as the quote from Eeyore shows, once we get the know them they are also the flowers in our gardens and our minds.

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